About Us

Hope Garden Children’s Ballet Theatre (HGCBT) was launched in 2008 by Artistic Director, Mme Frances Ichijo.  Officially created as a non-profit organization in 2010, HGCBT provides performing opportunities to not only the students of Hope Garden Ballet Academy, but to any classical dancers in the region who wish to display their talents. Applicants who would like to perform with us must audition for our performances.

HGCBT upholds the traditions and history of classical ballet while venturing into the world of contemporary ballet and movement—continuing the education of the young people involved, stretching their minds and exploring their understanding of movement art, anatomy, musicality, and theater. HGCBT hopes to extend its solid foundation in the community, teaching and spreading the message of beauty, culture, and the deep roots of Classical Ballet while including exciting adventures into contemporary dance such as hip-hop. These young dancers seek to educate and inspire audiences throughout the Maryland and D.C. region, striving to perform in many venues, including hospitals, senior homes, schools, and community settings.